Lions’ Johnson has sprained knee

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Detroit Lions received good news on Monday. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson’s MRI revealed a sprained knee.

He also avoided surgery. He will be listed as week-to-week. 

Kerryon Johnson (Getty Images)

The Lions will sit out Johnson on Thursday‘s Thanksgiving Day game against the Chicago Bears.  The two teams will kick off at 12:30 pm EST.

The rookie was injured in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. He did not return to the game after being injured. 

Without Johnson, head coach Matt Patricia will have to rely on LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and Zack Zenner to carry the load. Patricia may even start Zenner on Thursday.

Blount is struggling and Riddick is more of a passing back. Blount had seven carries for one-yard on Sunday.

Before his injury, Johnson had 15 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson has had 118 carries for 641 yards and three touchdowns this season. He also had 32 receptions for 213 yards and a touchdown.

The 21-year-old Huntsville, Alabama had his best game in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins. In that game, he had 19 carries for 158 yards.

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